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reviews and investigations of medicare and medicaid fraud. some have resulted in prosecutions and other in new program integrity functions to prevent health care fraud. he has been the inspector general since september 2004 and is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and general law enforcement for all hhs projects. it is an honor to introduce my colleague, dan levinson. [applause] >> thank you very much. i cannot pass up an opportunity to say hello, good morning, and welcome you here as early as possible. this is such an important event for our office of inspector general because fighting fraud is what we are all about. on behalf of the 1500 dedicated professionals of our office, welcome to what looks to be a very interesting and what i undoubtedly believe will be very productive day as we gather throughout these breakout sessions to drill down on some of the most important issues concerning health-care integrity that our programs face. again, i think you will be hearing this from others as well, when one of every three americans depends upon an effi
insurance plans pay under part d of medicare for prescription drugs. they are taking advantage of their purchasing power. and we're relying on private insurers committee are' competition in part d of medicare, it isn't as effective as the v.a. which does take advantage of its market power. let me just talk for a moment on a private insurance. we rely on private insurance here. it's for-profit insurance. i think it leads to much higher health care costs. private insurers, obviously by definition, they have to make a profit. in addition to that they engage in marketing, they also engage in what we call medical understood writing, they have to hire a lot of actuaries to make sure that they're not taking on people who are too expensive. these are all very costly things. so that raises the price of private insurance. in addition, as i said, they don't have as much bargaining power so they also can't keep their prices low by taking advantage of the consolidated power that i'm talking about. so you might ask, why do we allow private insurance to have quasi-monopoly and the answer is t
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in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
's developed and directed a number of national programs, including the center for medicare education, the better jobs, better care national program, funded by the robert wood johnson foundation and atlantic philanthropy. she was a political appointee during the clinton administration, serving in the u.s. department of health and human services as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy. she also was assistant secretary for aging in 1997. she's been a senior researcher at the national center for health services research, and at project hope center for health healthy communities fares previously, as well as -- health affairs previously, as well as at georgetown university. to begin, let's welcome to the podium, steven kay. >> some people focus on specific federal programs, or they might focus on quality issues or work force issues or family care giving, and they also tend to focus on specific population, such as the so-called frail elderly, on non-elderly people with disabilities or cognitive disabilities. as carol levine said in her article in this i
% of all health care is run by the government today. medicare, medicaid, indian health service, military, and v.a., tricare. 60% of it is run by the government. one of the reasons you have an absolute shortage of primary care doctors in this country is because we have set the price for what they're going to pay for primary care and the doctors won't go into it anymore, because there's a 350% payment differential. so we can either embrace our heritage, which says we've relied on markets to allocate scarce resources, or we can deny it and allow the government to run it. i think the health care bill ultimately will pass. i think they're going to buy the votes. you saw what happened in the senate. they're going to dot exact same thing in -- do the exact same thing in the house to get the votes they need and we will have a health care bill that the president will sign. don't think it's the best answer for us as a nation. i can tell you what's in that bill. it puts the government in charge of what you'll get, when you'll get it and where you'll get it, and that's even if you have private insur
insurance, lower your costs, all the insurance reforms, we're going to lower the cost of medicare and medicaid and it won't cost anybody anything. that's great politics. it's just not true. so, there's got to be some test of realism in any of these proposals, mine included. i've got to hold myself accountable. i guarantee the american people will hold themselves -- will hold me accountable if what i'm selling doesn't actually deliver. >> mr. president, point of clarification, what's in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals -- >> no, i understand that, i've actually read your bills. >>-- throughout 2009. >> i understand. >> so, rest assured, the summary document that you received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi and your administration has been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> mike. wait. hold on a second -- no, no, no, no, no, no, no. hold on a second. guys, you know, mike, i've read your legislation. i mean, i take a look at this stuff. and the good ideas, we take. but here's -- here's the thing -- here's the thin
- term liabilities is medicare, medicaid, and health care spending. nothing comes close. social security would probably fix the same way to and ronald reagan sat down together and could figure something out. that is manageable. medicare and medicaid are a massive problem down the road. that is going to be what our children have to worry about. paul's approach, i want to be careful to not simplify this because i know you have a lot of detail in your plan, but i understand it to say that we will provide doctors of some sort for current medicare recipients at the current level. 55 and over. there is a grandfathering in for future beneficiaries. i just want to point out that i have read it. the basic idea is that at some point, we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not go way out of black. i am sure there are some details -- we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not have things going out of wahack. it has to be reformed for the younger generations because it is going bankrupt. why not give people the sa
, a spending freeze on everything from social security and medicare and medicaid. and fiscal commission, it would be a weaker version what just got defeated in the senate. he mixed it up with republicans over the economy in baltimore. at one point he complained the question was be a example of how hard it was to have a bipartisan conversation. he is another take on the meeting. >> i said i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that has been following through. but that is the dialogue we need. if we get the house democrats to come in, we would have a lot of progress. >> former president george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the office. mr. bush was in town for a meeting. >> julie: caroline, thank you very much. >> gregg: house speaker nancy pelosi insisting this week the push for health care reform is alive and well. she she is saying that the house will implement several strategies to get a reform bill passed whether that works or not. what does it mean for the political landscape in the upcoming midterm elections. by ron york, chief correspondent for the wa
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, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt. >> welcome back to "hardball" live from doyle's cafe in boston. what is that republican victory for scott brown in massachusetts mean? joining me now political analyst lawrence o'donnell. if you were back here advises these senators, how auto would you do it? >> my advice was always confidential. i don't see any way you go forward from here with health care. now i'm not saying they can't do it. i've run bills through the senate in reconciliation. i've done them without reconciliation that needed 60-vote thresholds to get over. i know every procedure that's available now. i don't know one that can work. within the reconciliation procedure, what everyone always forgets that every single day, usually several times a day, there are 60 vote thresholds that you have to clear. these are parliamentary procedural thresholds that get thrown inside the reconciliation process and, yes, you only need 51 at the end and you don't need a closure vote to get to that 51, but you have several procedural votes that
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, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. >> the republican response was that the newly elected governor of virginia, bob mcdonald who said the government simply tried to do too much. he says americans want affordable health care but don't want uncle sam running it. he voiced concern about overall spending in washington. >> the amount of debt is on pace to double in five years and triple in 10. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial phrase announced tonight on discretionary spending is a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. >> on social issues, the president said he would work with the military to end don't ask don't tell for gays this year. the republican senator john corning calls that "social engineering." back to you guys in new york. >> as you look at that shot right now -- >> of molly? >> as you look at the shot of the president of the
of medicare and capped out of pocket expenses. there is a range of things that will become law. when the president signs this bill, not in four years, but immediately. if we don't pass it, it will live as a negative caricature in people's minds. terrible mistake. >> here's my advice. it's worth what i give you. it's free and maybe it's worth that. it seems to me this administration is perceived to be activists when it comes to government. progressive, if you will. it believes in positive government. the only question will be the same in november. the voters know about your administration. do you believe about getting things done for the country? the only question is open to the voters. not whether you are progressive or not, but whether you are successful or not. you might as well go for it. you might as well. great to have you on. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on "hardball." does scott brown's victory mean health care reform is dead or can the democrats keep it alive? let's talk about it with the go former governor of vermont, howard dean that started this years ago. you are
between the senate and the house. the medicare ak chau wary is looking at the bill as it now stands. a report says it would grow health care expenditures, and it says that it believes unrealistic things to obtain. is the president comfortable with the cost curve? is it bent enough as it now stands or in negotiating a final compromise, do you need to bend it more? >> certainly the medicare is a group that looks at it, and the council of economic advisers has done a lot of work looking at what the cbo is projecting, and we feel confident based on their numbers and on the joint taxation, the senate version of the bill would generally slow the growth of the cost about 1% near year, which may sound small but it's enormous. i think the important thing is, the president made this a priority. >> the administration is committed. the new budget is coming up in a few weeks, they say they will try to do more to tackle the spending problem. the administration believed spending was necessary, and running up nor deficit was necessary, and now as you shift to try to control the deficit as well as t
don't put a mandate on businesses not going to create jobs. you don't cut medicare put the cost on the backs of seniors. everything about this bill is wrong-headed that's why i think the american people are going to reject those that are sponsors of it. >> greta: we've had the discussion many times here on the record i said people think this bill is lousy, say next november in the midterm elections, i suppose two years later the voters will take it out on those who voted for. here's the problem, he will have the bill at that point unless we try to make it better now. do you have any recommendation to try to fix it, pervade -- persuade some of your ideas into this new bill or are we stuck with what is handed us? >> as we are invited to sit at the table with democrats and do it properly. there's been a lot learned, problems to avoid, tunes that exist. there's a real need for health care reform in this country that isn't what is going on now this is about politics not about helping the american people with a better health care bill many if people are serious about focusing on healt
was the one who gave seniors more prescription protection, i extended the life of medicare and capped out-of-pocket expenses. so there is a range of things that will become law. when the president signs this bill, not in four years, but immediately, we can campaign on. if we don't pass this bill it will live as a negative ka caricature in people's minds. >> here is my advice, it is free and maybe worth that. it seems this administration isser is sieved to be activist when it comes to government, progressive if you will. the only question and that question will be the same in november. the voters know that. do you believe trying to do good things at the federal level. the only question to the voters is not whether you are progressive or effective. if you succeed or not. >> right. >> you might as well go for it. thank you, david axelrod. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on "hardball." >>> coming up, does scott brown's victory in massachusetts mean health care reform is dead or can the democrat come up with plan "b" to keep it alive. let's talk about it with howard dean, one of the guys
medicare in ten years, the cbo says that course of action would reduce the decifit by 132 billion. critics, however, are extremely skeptical. >> there's a number of things that make that highly implausible, dubious, it assumes it will be cut 20 percent by 2011 and stay there indefinitely. if you just take that out, just that one on its own, take it out of the equation, the bill goes from being a small decifit reducer to being a large decifit increaser. >> that's known as the doctor fix, jane, and that alone would put the bill in the red. jane: this doctor fix, jim, has been a long standing issue, it isn't, though, in the versions that are currently out there, right? >> no, because it costs too much. keep in mind, this is an effort to undo one of congress' previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. lawmakers have been trying to fix it for years, because they were cutting medicare payments to doctors or reducing care for elderly, not to mention getting a lot of lawmakers thrown out of congress, so they all pledged to fix it, it was originally in both the house and senate bills, but fixing
. 60% of all health care is run by the government today. medicare, medicaid, indian health service, military, and v.a., tricare. 60% of it is run by the government. one of the reasons you have an absolute shortage of primary care doctors in this country is because we have set the price for what they're going to pay for primary care and the doctors won't go into it anymore, because there's a 350% payment differential. so we can either embrace our heritage, which says we've relied on markets to allocate scarce resources, or we can deny it and allow the government to run it. i think the health care bill ultimately will pass. i think they're going to buy the votes. you saw what happened in the senate. they're going to dot exact same thing in -- do the exact same thing in the house to get the votes they need and we will have a health care bill that the president will sign. don't think it's the best answer for us as a nation. i can tell you what's in that bill. it puts the government in charge of what you'll get, when you'll get it and where you'll get it, and that's even if you have pri
. we do not need what is being pushed in washington on massachusetts, spending $500 million on medicare? we know we need to reform and that is something we're going to be doing very shortly. to think that we need of one size fits all plan from congress, coming down here and hurting what we have? that is one of the differences between martha coakley and i. at a time when we just do not needed. i would propose going and allowing states to do this individually with the government incentivizing it. we can export what we have done and show them how to do it. i am looking forward to be the party -- the 41st vote and get that plan back to the drawing board. >> thank you for hosting us here this evening. i would be proud to be the 60th vote to make sure that we need health care reform that was so badly need. we have taken the lead here in massachusetts, and now we are attacking the cost to provide competition and transparency to bring the costs down. we spent $2.60 trillion on health care in this country. we do not get our money. we do not have transparent terry -- transparency in competition.
to that is more government. 60% of all health care is run by the government today. medicare, medicaid, the indian health service, military and the v.a.. 60% of it is run by the government. one of the reasons you have an absolute shortage of primary- care doctors in this country is because we have set the price for what they are going to pay for primary care and the doctors will not go into it anymore. there's aÑi 350% payment differential. we can either say we react -- say we have relied on market scarce resources or we can deny it and allow the government to run it. i think the old -- the health care bill will ultimately pass. Ñiyou saw what happened in the senate. and they will do the same thing in the house to get the votes that they need. we will have a health care bill that the president will sign. i do not think it is the best answer for us as a nation. i can tell you what is inÑi that bill. it puts the government in charge of what you will get, when you will get it, and where you will get, and that is even if you have private insurance. they will deny that, but i can show you the differ
, expanding medicare, closing the doughnut hole is a better strategy for winning over the # 0th vote. win over the country on this debate. we can't do any big thing like this without clear muss cull lar leadership. >> what are you going to do different? you tried to pass the bill in the senate. you couldn't get more than 60 senators. now you've got 59. what can you do different going ahead that you didn't do before? what's the change? i don't get the change here you're proposing? >> here's the difference. we have been obsessing, what is lympia snowe going to do -- >> but you don't know. >> what i'm saying, trying to get to 60, we lost sight of that's not the way americans look at this challenge. i think that the president of the united states at his state of the union address should do for health care what he did today is say, look, we're not pussyfooting around anymore. we need to get them passed. i think that's the way if you were going to go into a conversation with senators, at least you have to raise the temperature for them a little bit. up to now, this has been entirely this insider con
this could force tax hikes or cuts in social security and medicare. the white house is going to do something. president obama is expected to set up a deficit panel. it's going to be more advisory. the deficit is slightly down from last year's record, 1 hadn't $4 trillion, according to congressional numbers. americans took their newfound free time and used it to help the people around them. that's good news in a bad economy. more than 63 million of you volunteered vazing money, building homes, collecting food, tutoring kids. the labor department says it's more than 1.5 people than the year before. people can't give cash, but they are giving their time. >> more volunteers. thank you. >>> police believe they found the remains of a college student who disappeared at a metallica keown sert. she was last seen at the arena in charlottesville. a farmer found the body on his property. her mother is speaking out about the likelihood her daughter may not come home alive. >>> so, back to our story, we told you police are sure they found the body of a missing virginia tech student. here is what morgan's
is the good news -- compared to medicare, social security is in reasonably good shape, with a relatively small adjustments, you can have a solvent for a long time to the social security is going to be there. i know people are concerned about it. social security we can fix. in terms of the cola, which stands for cost-of-living allowance -- it is put in place to make sure that social security is keeping up with inflation. here is the problem -- this past year, because of the severity of the recession, we did on that inflation, we had deflation. -- we did not have inflation, we had deflationary prices actually fell last year. as a consequence, seniors were not eligible for a cost-of- living adjustment because prices did not go up in the aggregate. that does not mean that individual folks were not being pinched by higher heating prices or what have you, but on average, prices went down. here is what we did -- working with these key members of congress here, we did vote to provide aid to order to the dollar -- provide the $250 one- time payment to seniors, which when he factored in, amounted to 1.8
talk to oncologist today and cardiologists and ob/gyn costs and see how medicare is already rationing health care for women in this country. it is against the law. and they're doing it. markets work and we can either embrace them and say they're not going to be perfect -- no market is perfect -- which means that some people will lose. but look at medicaid. we have 17 million people in this country who are eligible for medicaid and are not signed up. that is our answer. that is what will happen to have the people under this bill. who do we have next? back over here. let's go back there. >> keith jenkins. >> i know keith and jenkins. i grew up down the street from him. >> that is right. what is the status of the government employees? and if they kicked it out, what is the argument? >> i have the amendment added in the committee, barely, by one vote. they refused to allow that amendment on the senate floor. first of all, it is not a cute amendment. it is common sense. if the members of congress are in it, it will be ok for everybody else. ñrthere might to take care of themselves. they r
you get is an augmented reimbursement from medicaid and medicare. most federally qualified health centers have about 45, 50% of their patient population, medicaid. thus, they benefit from the augmented reimbursement. our patient population, 75% uninsured only 14% medicaid, it is very hard for us to see that we could be financially sustainable unless we are able to enhance a percentage of medicaid patients that we have. with the new health care bill, many of our patients would then be eligible for medicaid and for health insurance. >> reporter: so if this legislation becomes law you can sleep easier knowing you have a better shot at keeping your doors open? >> that, plus we know our patients will have choice. >> reporter: dr. irwin told me something fascinating. he said the threshold for a family of four to qualify for medicaid is $2400 a year. $2400 a year salary, unbelievable. he would like to see that changed. of course, we bring you the growing in popularity, our absolutely unaltered sampling of taking the temperature of americans. this is our louisiana first five. we are here
like medicare isn't a less expensive higher quality plan. it's an adequate plan. >> reporter: moderate senators felt the same way, so a public option is not in the senate bill. and now even many house democratic leaders seem ready to throw it overboard. even as she wrangles with the senate democrats over the final bill, speaker pelosi seemed to talk about it in the past tense saying the goals of the public option will be accomplished in other ways. >> we will have what we need to hold the insurance companies accountable. i contend that whatever we have coming out of this bill will hold them accountable, and they'll be crying out to public option one of these days. >> reporter: another member of the democratic leadership cleiburn was asked if he could support a bill that does not have a public option? >> yes, sir, i. can>> reporter: texas democrats acknowledged to fox what many house members concluded. >> the big issues like public option we'll go with the senate version. >> reporter: one moderate democrat says all the concessions extracted from the insurance companies made the public o
's the clinic in glendale, arizona that will no longer accept medicare patients. the other clinics will continue to do so. we're happy to get that message out. i don't know if monica crowley's ashearings of popo -- i was dis >>> in virginia, your talking points are right on. we are reacting to terror rather than being on the offensive. from wisconsin, i know these judges who are lenient with child sexual predators are driving you crazy. maybe they sympathize with them. their actions speak louder than any words. it doesn't matter why judge brown in massachusetts gave an accused child rapist $10,000 bail. that doesn't matter. the judge did it and now the man is charged with raping a three-year-old girl. he should be impeached immediately. that's all that matters. actions. dave miller, benefitwood, california, the judge is disgusting. valerie, caramel, indiana, i admire how "the factor" team is confronting these judges. keep up the good work. jim, in ohio, i'm just 16, but could beat martha macallum in the news quiz. she won't like that. mark, pennsylvania. please hire the mexican weather lady to f
as proposed by the house democrats will save lives, will save money, will save jobs, and will save medicare. it is time to pass health care reform. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> request permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. wolf: i rise today to voice my strong support of google's intention to consider pulling out of china due to a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on its corporate infrastructure and email service. google is making a principle stand reminiscent of the companies that pulled out of apartheid south africa and fascist germany. "the washington post" today reported that google said it is eminent that a primary call on the attackers accessing the g-mail accounts of chinese human rights activists. they found the accounts of literally brave human rights advocates appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. this is unconscionable but not surprising given china's long history of cracking down o
will pay for the old. we did it with medicare, the young will pay for the old's health insurance. there's no sense on the part of the american people nor has it been sold to them that one group should pay for somebody else's health care. because that hasn't happened, every time we hear the word subsidy or mandate, we go crazy. that's why this thing hasn't sold. peter, thank you. thank you, chris. >>> up next, former republican congressman j.d. hayworth who's big with those tea party people. has taken the first step, quit his job. he's going to run, apparently -- primary john mccain in arizona. what a battle royale that will be. can mccain defend his right frank against j.d. hayworth with the help of sarah palin? announcer: trying to be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. chef: we're all kind of excited about it. guy: mmm! i can see why. announcer: campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good! for your heart. >>> "time" magazine's man of the year, no good deed goes unpunished. ben bern
social security and medicare and workers' rights and a long series of legislative victories which in my view has substantially improved the quality of living. >> host: thank you. michelle malkin? >> guest: well, i don't define the success of a party or the gauge its effect on americans' lives by what it has given legislatively. and i think is a core fundamental belief of my and i think a party that has improved my life is a party that leaves me alone, that has constrained the power of government to interfere in our lives, and unfortunately, and i've been very vocal about this, i think the republican party has failed to live up to its core conservative principles and so many ways. this was -- this was the battle so many grassroots conservatives had with the bush administration over the years whether it was the expansion of the federal role in education with a note child left behind act, the prescription drug plan, the pushing illegal alien amnesty and then the last several months of the bush tenure doing what i consider was pre-socializing the economy for barack obama with these massive
security, medicare, minimum wage, at 40 hour week and civil-rights act and voting rights act. that is what made the united states a beacon of hope in a confused and divided world. too many people take for granted government's role as protector of wall street and the privilege. they see middle-class americans as overpaid, and underworked. they see social security as a problem rather than the only piece of our retirement system that actually works. day -- they fail to see the connections and in a quality and homelessness. the world view has brought democrats nothing but disaster. they offered middle-class the false hope of tax cuts. tax cuts and up enriching the rich, devastating the middle class by destroying the institutions like public education and the social security that makes the middle class possible. are you trying to tell me something? [laughter] >> we are now with our ku and a point*. >> i am not done with what i have to say. [applause] >> it has been 25 minutes and we will start. >> did you wrap up in 30 seconds? >> i can wrap up in a couple minutes working people have been waiti
, especially cutting medicare payments. molly henneberg takes a look how tt affect hospitals treating low income patients. >> at howard university hospital in washington d.c., also a level one trauma center, about 20% of patients walk in the door uninsured. although many may ultimately qualify for medicaid, leaving the hospital stuck with much of the bills. doctors here say health care legislation expanding insurance coverage, via the private sector or a taxpayer funded government-run plan may alleviate some of the hospitals financial burden. >> we expect to get reimbursed for the services we provide and i think that with health care reform, it's going to be better than having nothing and hopefully, that the pace that we provide the services to will be able to make any extra payments they need to make. but the doctor says he's concerned that the legislation may cut medicare reimbursement rates to this and other hospitals, as well as cut the additional government subsidies, howard receives for treating so many uninsured patients. >> dr. robenson we're going over the game plan. >> still fmo
to a reform that raises taxes and cuts medicare. he laid out the gop strike thatr job creation. >> we must enact policy that is promote entrepreneurship. what government should not do is pile ob taxation, litigation that hurt the middle class. >> as soon as the speeches were over, we started hearing from you. >> overall, i think he did a very good job of letting us know exactly where the nation is at and what he's planning to do to fix the problems. i wish he would have specifically told us what he was going to get done at the end of the year. he laid a blueprint of his first term. but, overall, i think he did a very good job. >> you talk so much about your hope tonight and your change. the only change that most americans are seeing is their change coming out of their pockets and into your hand. >> we give you the news. you give us your views. what did you like and not like about what you heard in the president's speech. go to cnn.com/robin. you can send us an e-mail or facebook. >>> toyota is recalling more cars. drivers are getting angry now. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. wh
access to health care. i am 67 years old, on medicare select. after the first of the year michael fay went up substantially, even though my primary source of income, social security, was stagnant. they're going backwards. host: thank you for their -- thank you for the call. more from "the baltimore sun." "democrats are able to omit time consuming steps in the senate and prevent republicans from trying to delay the final negotiations. under senate rules, three separate votes are required before negotiators for the two houses may hold a formal meeting. while the three normally are agreed to within seconds, each may be filibustered, and democrats would then have to produce 60 votes to cut off debate. additionally, republicans would have the right to demand votes on nine -- non-bindingñr proposs wants negotiators for the two houses were appointed. that could, in turn, required democrats to vote on political controversies such as wiping out the legislation proposed cuts in medicare, which easily be turned into attack ads in next fall's campaign." bill, good morning. caller: good morning,
. a moment ago, he said hypothetical more fun. i am thinking about social security and medicare. when they first started social security, there were about 35 workers per retired person. now it is 3-1 or so. why is not social security and medicare tied to productivity? the average worker is giving the amount of work of 30 people. is there not a way that social security could be based on productivity and there is a corporate tax on corporate -- productivity? i know it seems like i am thaksin productivity, but is there not a way that we could connect productivity to this? that is my reason for calling. guest: give him a seat on the bipartisan commission. that is interesting idea. i will address the question of social security and productivity. social security has always been seen as a pension plan. when productivity goes up, and means that workers produce more per hour, and therefore, they earn higher salaries. then their salaries go up and the formulas that determine their benefits also go up. that is one of the issues we have with social security. as long as there is a link between how
spending, government salaries. two quick points -- the way to save medicare is just like private health insurance companies. sell medicare policies of full premiums to people like me -- denver, healthier people to offset the others who use up the money. a way to create jobs in this country is not health insurance companies' but liability/workers comp insurance companies. to deny coverage for claims to small, medium, and large businesses for undocumented claims that arise out of the hiring of the work done by undocumented workers -- if there was no liability insurance coverage, workers' comp liability coverage, not health insurance for those climbclaims arising from work done by undocumented workers, they would not hire this people and we would get all americans and taxpayers back on the roll. host: another headline on politics. bo biden bows out. he was the potential delegate. he will stay in his position as attorney general in delaware. dems go on the attack, they write. some of the questions in a memo and the way to force that on opponents. you can read that in political. the last pho
for medicare advantage or the $11 billion in clinics in maine or the louisiana purchase or it might be exemptions from executive pay controls in big phrma, it could be anything. it will add and add and add over on this side until all of this no political capital, all who knew it was a bad idea what it began, enough has moved to the plus side, to neutral, where if you put that final little weight on the skile, i like to call it the straw that breaks the camel's back, clink, it goes over this way. now there's enough support to pass a bill and that's when they ram it through and they don't let you up for air because they're afraid they'll lose votes . when that little moment comes, when they think they've got the votes, it comes through and that's why, that's why the united states senate was doing business for three constant weeks without a break and that's why they were doing business on christmas eve, to pass socialized medicine, with the 60-40 majority on december 24, christmas eevek, because they finally stacked the scales to the point where, clink, it would go over on the side whe
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